What’s next for the Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance Awards?

Future Developments of the Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance Awards are outlined here by Award co-ordinators Joanna Jarvis and Louise Chapman  

The 2018 competition received a total of twelve entries, a number which we would like to build on with our proposal to create two competitions for the 2019 Award.

Applications were submitted towards the end of 2018 with final submissions for the new Patterns for Performance Award due early this year.

The winners of the 2019 Awards will be announced at the Society’s AGM in Birmingham in July.

Patterns of Fashion 2019

Patterns of Fashion continues, with the emphasis firmly on the accurate re-creation of a period garment based on a Janet Arnold pattern. The patterns are difficult to interpret, so students must refer to other garments that are contemporary to their chosen piece, and also further scholarship such as the work being undertaken by Jenny Tiramani and Susan North. In order to give greater emphasis on the line and silhouette we expect entries to be made from calico, or similar neutral fabric, and to include all the underpinnings. The initial judgment will be made from photographs of the complete ensemble displayed upon a dressmaker’s dummy. Judges will be looking for accuracy of line and an understanding of period detail.

Patterns for Performance 2019

Patterns for Performance is a new strand to the Award that will encourage students to design a period garment for a character in a performance. The garment should be based on the Janet Arnold patterns for the primary research, while also taking account of further scholarship such as the work being undertaken by Jenny Tiramani and Susan North. The design should be based around a character for a performance – dance, theatre or opera. The designs and final garment will be expected to extend, expand, and develop the theatricality of the garment. Initially the design, supporting research, will be submitted as a toile made in calico, or another suitable, but inexpensive and neutral coloured fabric. The toile should have been photographed on a live performer. Shortlisted entries will be offered the opportunity to develop their toile into a fully realised costume.

We have been talking to a range of organisations in the industry as well as museums and costume archives with the aim of building a collaborative link to the Patterns for Performance Award.

We would like to work with a different museum or costume archive each year for the Patterns of Fashion Award. Both competitions are open to any student currently studying at second year undergraduate level and above, including post-graduate.

Look out for more news as we announce details of the Award for 2020, and winners of the 2019 Awards.

Joanna Jarvis and Louise Chapman

Note: This is an extract from the article published in the Autumn 2018 newsletter which also features full details of the 2018 winners of the Patterns of Fashion Award.

  • The winner of the Patterns of Fashion Award 2018 was Chu Siu-Ming with this interpretation of a 1770s Polonaise